‘Are They Really Scary?’ a children’s book no home should be without.
One of my favorite things about blogging is having a chance to review things that I genuinely love or am interested in. Even better when I get to involve my kids! Recently I got my hands on ‘Are They Really Scary?’ by Julia Inserro and it gave me the thinks. My kids too. Here are some of my thoughts:
This book has incredibly depth
The description of the book on Amazon is as follows:
- Should you ever change yourself to please someone else?
- What if they didn’t like the color of your skin?
- What if they didn’t like how you walked or talked?
- What if it would make them like you more?
- Are They Really Scary is a sweet and silly book for kids, ages 3-9, that emphasizes the importance of being proud of who you are and standing up for the person you want to be.
- Cuddle in with your little ones and share a story about kindness, empathy, and understanding.
- All kids deserve to be proud of who they are.
So while this is a children’s book with a talking spider, it hits on a much deeper level. In today’s world, it can be used to set the stage for talks about race, religion, gender, or anything else that might make someone ‘different’.
Not only the story, but the book itself is beautiful! It’s bright and colorful with engaging illustration and attention to detail. We love books like this because every time we read them we notice something different. Whether it be the design on the floorboards or the titles of books in the background, it’s rich with detail and color. The illustrator, Tanja Varcelija, hit it out of the park with this one.
It sparks conversations
Like I mentioned before, this book is a great way to open the door for what could be difficult conversations with our kids. When I read it with my younger son we talked about our feelings towards spiders at first, but it was easy to branch out into his other fears. Like his fear of the dark. It’s a unique way to personify things he fears so that we can talk about it in a way that he understands.
Additionally, when I read it with my older son, it resulted in a discussion about race and how we cannot judge a person (or spider!) by how they look. And if we are curious or frightened by someone’s appearance, we can work through it by talking about it in an honest way.
Like I mentioned before, with my older son ‘Are They Really Scary?’ lead to a conversation about race. Which, currently, is a very hot topic. This book is an excellent tool when trying to find ways to describe world issues to younger children. Since we tend to read books over and over in our house, we will probably even be able to use it as a way to redirect our kids when they need it. Simply by asking ‘Are they REALLY scary?’ we can remind our kids that differences do not mean scary, and that everyone has a right to be proud of who they are.
There’s a FREE activity book!
One of the things I absolutely love about this author is that she has activity books! There is an absolutely adorable activity book that goes along with ‘Are They Really Scary’. Word searches, coloring pages, mazes, and craft instructions all at your fingertips. FOR FREE! There’s also the author’s personal story behind the book and more info on her incredible life in there too.
My kids have A LOT of books. And I’ll be honest, there are some I absolutely HATE. The only reason we have them is that my kids enjoy them or I’m hoping someday they’ll read/ play with them on their own. However, ‘Are They Really Scary?’ is one that we can totally agree on. It’s a winner! It’s a story of substance but reads like just that… A story. Plus, any book that can span between ages so easily is one I’m going to root for.
If you’re looking for a book to add both value and fun to your child’s collection, look no further. I’ll be adding the rest of Julia’s books to ours ASAP!